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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 27, 2010 12:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1968 & Bear

Don't trust anything you read in an Archive show review - 90% of those people are completely clueless. (Don't trust Rock Scully too much, either...)

Anyway, I'd be astonished if Bear said anything about the band's sound in early '71, considering he was in prison. I presume he got to see the band when they played at his prison on 8/4/71 (I don't recall any quotes)... I don't remember what his first show back with the band was, but it was summer '72 - definitely by Berkeley 8/20 when he was mixing sound again. (Now that I think about it, I remember Betty Cantor saying she was copying tapes of the Europe '72 shows for him!)

He did notice differences coming back in the band's approach... After all, they'd spent two years becoming more 'professional', more people had joined the crew, the scene was not as welcoming to him as he expected. (But then, a lot of his comments, particularly when it comes to Winterland '74 or Egypt '78, boil down to, 'I tried to tell them how to get better sound but they were too pigheaded to listen...' The guy was/is a control freak.)

David Gans' book Conversations with the Dead is the one to go to - it has a long interview with Bear where he talks a lot about his mixed feelings coming back to the band in '72 and finding that the soundcrew was, as he put it, compartmentalized & territorial...he felt they didn't work as a team anymore. (And, Bear being Bear, he also felt he could do their jobs better than they could....)

There's also a nice long interview in the first Taping Compendium, where he has this to say about his return:
"Then I came back to a crew that was totally different when I left, and the job that I had been doing was split up amongst three other people, none of whom were willing to yield the territory. I met a lot of resistance in the scene, and after you spend a couple of years locked up, your social adaptability is not very good."

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 27, 2010 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1968 & Bear

Bear's interviews/comments area always fascinating . I would say about 40% of it is crazy, egomaniacal, WTF, stuff; 20% Ok, and 40% extremely insightful .
Scully's book is lot of fun, but... I smell some "George Washington, cherry tree " stuff here .